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4th trimester

They weren't kidding when they said babes go through a 4th trimester. Little boy is going through this stage where he is happiest when he is held or swaddled super tight. As I've said before, some days are easy, and some aren't. On the not-so-easy days, I try to lay him down, he cries. Put him in the swing, he cries. I try tummy time, he cries. So, I hold him. It really zaps you, but I can't let go. And I love to sleep with him, and snuggle. It's really too much sometimes. These tears of joy are here to stay. I've been trying hard to start sleep training, by pushing the time between feedings and keeping him distracted and more awake during the day. Still working on it! One night he slept 7 hours. It was miraculous.

This -mester I've been living on the pre-made salads from Trader Joe's, LUNA bars, greek yogurt, egg scrambles, fruit, steamed veggies, and a lot of meat. I've never paid so much attention to what, when and how much I'm eating. This breastfeeding thing is exhausting at times. I feel like if I'm not eating between feedings I'm not producing anything. Oh, and water. I sort of have to drink a lot of it, or nothing's coming out. So much to think about in a day! And going out is a whole other issue. Must coordinate to pump or breastfeed before I go to the gym, or out with friends, or they hurt! And I don't need any more stretch marks if you know what I mean. I just pray they go back to somewhat normal after I wean him off this summer. I sure want something left after all this.

While I rock baby boy to sleep I read, or I read on my patio or in beed while he sleeps, or at 1am when I can't fall back asleep. I've finished 4 books so far this year: Ender's Game, Maisie Dobbs, Heft, and The Tools. Reading Someone right now, and really hope to keep this reading momentum going. Have also been reading all the magazines I ordered. Love getting them in the mail and flipping through while I have lunch. Happiness!

Working out again sure feels good. I'm sore most days, and my knees hurt, but I gotta fit into my jeans again, or else what am I going to wear when I go back to work?! My maternity clothes?! On the bright side, I've joined a little mommy walking club {yay}. And taking long walks along the beach with Jace once a day is the best. The air, the waves, the sunshine, the smell of sunblock. . . heaven!

Other than all that, this "4th trimester" has been rather blissful. Most evenings Rob and I can eat dinner together and talk about our day . . . and what we love most about our son. I have some bags under my eyes and my stomach still gets in knots sometimes, but that will go away eventually. Trying to keep it together and things easy-going, so little boy will be easy-going. Will be weird going back to work at the end of this month. Work? What is THAT?! My current work day has been kissing Jace and squeezing his chubbo cheeks! And planning little things for us to do on the weekends as a family, making meal plans, working out, cleaning, etc.  Maybe this is what stay-at-home-mommas do. Because if so I could totally get used to this. But, we live in California, and it costs an arm & a leg {& an another arm} to live here. So, Momma's going back to work.

{my smiley boy}

{I love it when he stretches!}

And to you out there reading this here little blog. Thank you. I appreciate your comments and emails and gifts. Sending you a virtual hug!

Push present

The hubby let me pick out my push present {the present us mothers receive after pushing a child out of our V}. Usually the push present is a piece of jewelry, but because I'm not a HUGE diamond kind of girl, I went to Esty looking for something custom and unique that would remind me of our little man. I decided on a custom bangle from Sweet Auburn Studio, with a couple other bangles to pair with it {mint & white}. I could buy one of everything in her shop, love it ALL! Thinking I need to add this pineapple bangle to my combo as well, since he's our little pineapple ;) So, what I'm really saying is, check out Sweet Auburn Studio on Etsy. I completely vouch for the finished product. And Leigh Ann is so sweet to correspond with, just like her studio name! She just added some new tassel items, too, that are adorable. And while you're at, you should just go ahead and follow her on Instagram, too.

{Jace Patrick Johannes}

Swanton Berry Farm

This past Sunday, this little family went to Davenport for a jam tasting at Swanton Berry Farm. The weather was perfect, a little windy but sunny! I'd heard about Swanton Berry Farm from some friends at church, and have had it on our to-do list for quite some time now. We're HUGE fans of jam, and I solely blame Rob's Grandma Margie for that. She makes a killer raspberry jam. My sister literally eats it out of the jar with her fingers {OK, so do I}. Well, anyway, we love jam so we were excited to get our taste on. To our surprise, there was more than just jam to splendor our taste buds on.

{I immediately grabbed us 4 of these}

{Here's the inside seating. They have all kinds of board games lying around, just asking for someone to play with them.}

{We didn't do any picking this trip, but maybe this summer. The olallieberry is calling my name!}

{The tasting counter . . . strawberry, tayberry {a rare blackberry!}, strawberry citrus & strawberry rhubarb. The regular 'ol strawberry was our favorite.}

{The strawberry apple cider was amazing. We also tried their strawberry lemonade, delicious!}

{We grabbed a tayberry NY cheesecake to take home.}

{Baby pies! Too cute.}

{Here's the view from the outside patio. That ocean line always gets me. So beautiful.}

{Also outside was the Slow Coast airstream store. ADORABLE flannels and local finds!}

{I wanted to take this couch home.}

{Aaannnddd we couldn't wait until we got home to eat the tayberry cheesecake. We broke into it on the car ride home, ha}

Dogeared's Healing Gem

When I was putting together Jace's baby book, I got to the naming page and it prompted me to transcribe the meaning behind the name "Jace". So, of course I Googled it, and it means: a healing. Then I read on to discover this:

People with this name tend to initiate events, to be leaders rather than followers, with powerful personalities. They tend to be focused on specific goals, experience a wealth of creative new ideas, and have the ability to implement these ideas with efficiency and determination. They tend to be courageous and sometimes aggressive. As unique, creative individuals, they tend to resent authority, and are sometimes stubborn, proud, and impatient.

People with this name have a deep inner desire for a stable, loving family or community, and a need to work with others and to be appreciated.

THEN, while on Instagram {of course}, I saw this necklace from Dogeared, sporting Jace's birthsone, the amethyst. And the little message behind the necklace was rather fitting for me: 

Purple amethyst can help you stay grounded and present in any situation. Wear this Healing Gem necklace for clarity and insight… You'll feel the positive energy every time you put it on!

That's when I clicked, 'add to cart'. I seriously have a shopping addiction, hahahahhaa. But, COME ON?!! Jace means "a healing", his birthstone is an amethyst, the necklace is to instill awareness, honesty and inspiration?! I basically HAD to get one. Anything to help keep my mind subconsciously focused when I go back to work, right?! Right. I've been totally duped by all this mushy meaning stuff, but I don't care. Jace is my little healer man as far as I know ;) 

Dogs & babies

This past weekend was packed with lots of time with friends. More Beery Thirty, gifts, lunch, dinner, housewarmings, dancing and then breakfast at Aldos to wrap up the weekend. Aldos is this little restaurant in the Santa Cruz harbor, right off the water. Reminds me of the restaurant Joey worked at in Dawson's Creek. Maybe you know what I mean, maybe you don't {hahaha}. I love our little network of friends we have out here. Even with kids and work and side projects and schedules, we all just make time for each other. Not sure if it's just the air in Santa Cruz or what, but being around this bunch is just easy. They're some of the most loving and genuine people I know. Couldn't feel more blessed. I live for their hugs and conversation! Felt like every where we went this weekend there were dogs and babies around! I've now joined the baby club, and so far it's pretty fun {!}. Hope you all had as wonderful a weekend as we did . .

{Loni & Cheryl}

{we played pass the baby around}